Katherine Mansfield

(14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923 / Wellington)

On A Young Lady's Sixth Anniversary - Poem by Katherine Mansfield

Baby Babbles--only one,
Now to sit up has begun.

Little Babbles quite turned two
Walks as well as I and you.

And Miss Babbles one, two, three,
Has a teaspoon at her tea.

But her Highness at four
Learns to open the front door.

And her Majesty--now six,
Can her shoestrings neatly fix.

Babbles, babbles, have a care,
You will soon put up your hair!


Comments about On A Young Lady's Sixth Anniversary by Katherine Mansfield

  • Terry Craddock (4/30/2015 10:02:00 PM)


    What a subtle way to childhood write the rapid passing of time. I would suggest an investigation into her poetry and short stories, in my opinion another example of a kiwi who wrote better after the contrast of travelling over seas.

    Having read so many of Mansfields's stories, remembering the impact at high school under the gift of a good English teacher, then later studying New Zealand Literature and Katherine Mansfield at university, read so often over the later years, Katherine will always be to me, hello old friend.
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  • Sengiyumva Thiery (4/30/2015 8:15:00 PM)


    That was Awesome i like the way this poem rymes, it is a true work of art, in my openion (Report) Reply

  • (4/30/2015 7:15:00 AM)


    I absolutely love this, and agree Paul..... Children grow up way too fast (Report) Reply

  • Paul Reed (4/30/2015 3:26:00 AM)


    How quickly they grow up, we must cherish childhood days (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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